Paul Espinosa

Producer and Director, THE PRICE OF RENEWAL

Paul Espinosa is an award-winning independent filmmaker and producer who has produced, directed, written and executive produced numerous programs for PBS, including: The Border, a two-hour news magazine about contemporary life along the U.S.-Mexican border; The U.S. Mexican War: 1846-48, a four-hour documentary series; The Lemon Grove Incident; and films for PBS’ THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE (The Hunt For Pancho Villa, Los Mineros) and AMERICAN PLAYHOUSE (… and the earth did not swallow him). Espinosa has won a national EMMY for Best Historical Program; five CINE Golden Eagle awards; two Ohio State Awards; and seven San Diego EMMYs. Espinosa has served on the National Board of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers, is a Professor at Arizona State University and holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University.

Lyn Goldfarb
Producer and Director, THE NEW LOS ANGELES

Lyn Goldfarb is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. She is Executive Producer, Director, Producer and Writer of Japan: Memoirs Of A Secret Empire and Executive Producer, Director and Producer for The Roman Empire In The First Century - two prime-time documentary series for PBS in association with Devillier Donegan Enterprises. She produced, directed, and wrote Total War, for the BBC/PBS series, THE GREAT WAR; We Have A Plan, for the PBS series THE GREAT DEPRESSION; Ways to Move and Without Barriers and Borders for the PBS series PEOPLE IN MOTION. She was Producer and Historian for the Academy Award nominated documentary With Babies and Banners, in addition to documentaries on subjects ranging from child labor to health care. Her honors include two EMMYs; a Peabody Award, two duPont-Columbia Awards, a Golden Mike Award and a Cable ACE nomination. Goldfarb is an Adjunct Professor in Film Production at USC and an alumni of the Directing Workshop for Women Program at AFI. She holds a Masters Degree in Women's Studies from George Washington University.

Jed Riffe
Producer and Director, CALIFORNIA’S “LOST” TRIBES
Producer, RIPE FOR CHANGE

Jed Riffe has been independently producing documentary films for broadcast on public television in the US (PBS), and Japan (NHK) since 1975. Riffe is best known as the Producer and Director of the award-winning dramatic documentary Ishi, the Last Yahi, which enjoyed a 14-month limited theatrical release prior to its broadcast on THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. Riffe’s other independently produced public television documentaries include Who Owns the Past? on PBS’ INDEPENDENT LENS; Shut Up Sit Down and Listen for NHK-TV in Japan; and Rosebud to Dallas and Promise and Practice for regional broadcast on KERA-TV and KUSD-TV. Between 1999 and 2003, Riffe produced three HDTV programs in France, Brazil and the US. He most recently completed post-production on Waiting to Inhale, the first documentary to examine the national conflict over the legalization of cannabis for medicinal uses. Over the last thirty years, Riffe has produced a number of commercial and independent films, web sites, and interactive programs. He has a film, HDTV, and new media production company in Berkeley, California where he resides.

Emiko Omori
Producer and Director, RIPE FOR CHANGE

Emiko Omori is a highly regarded cinematographer, writer, and director. At the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, she won the Best Documentary Cinematography Award for two films: her own, Rabbit In The Moon, (also the recipient of a National EMMY) and Barbara Sonneborn’s Academy Award nominated Regret To Inform. Omori was Director and Writer of Hot Summer Winds, AMERICAN PLAYHOUSE and KCET; and The Departure, a short narrative film. She was Series Producer for Pacific Diaries, a production of Pacific Islanders in Communications; Producer/Director for Tattoo City, a documentary on the art of Japanese-style tattooing; and Producer/Director for Skin Stories, broadcast on PBS. Omori’s current project, The Technology of Orgasm, is in production for an early 2006 release.

Jack Kohler
Co-Producer, CALIFORNIA’S “LOST” TRIBES

Jack Kohler has been producing for Native American Public Telecommunications since 1999. As a Yurok, Karuk, and Hupa Indian, Kohler focuses on issues significant to the Native American community. Kohler has produced PSAs and commercials for television and many short films for Native American film festivals in the US and Canada. He is a mentor and instructor for the American Indian Film Institute teaching the art of filmmaking to youth on Indian reservations. Kohler is also Executive Producer of Pikiawish: Fixing the World, a feature-length documentary portraying the environmental, political and cultural crisis of the Klamath River region by interweaving the complexities of issues ranging from water scarcity and wildfowl habitat protection to the economic survival of wild salmon fishing families and the cultural survival of Klamath River tribes, for whom wild salmon is sacred. Kohler is also a Screen Actor’s Guild and Actor’s Equity Association member, performing in film, television, and theatrical productions throughout the US and Japan. He holds a degree in Engineering from Stanford University.

Production Credits

Producer and Director
Paul Espinosa

Producer and Director
Lyn Goldfarb

Producer and Director
Jed Riffe

Producer and Director
Emiko Omori

Co-Producer
Jack Kohler